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Representatives from Bass Pro Shops announce they will come to Memphis to perform "due diligence" on The Pyramid — in other words, take a close look at the facility before deciding if they can open a mega-store there. Much time has passed since we first dangled the bait before this company, so we hope it all works out and we won't have to gripe about the big one that got away.

When a police officer investigating stolen auto parts knocked on the door of an apartment in the airport area, a dog charged out, released by the owners. The officer fired at the animal but missed and shot himself in the foot. The dog wasn't injured, the owners of the property were quickly arrested, and we're glad our man in blue wasn't injured more severely. But we still don't understand how this happened, or how he was aiming. Was the dog a Chihuahua?

Every day, firefighters risk their lives to put out fires and save lives, threatened by flames, smoke, and falling debris. Now they have something else to worry about.

click to enlarge GREG CRAVENS
After controlling a fire at an apartment in Raleigh, a fireman was inspecting the adjacent residence for damage when he was shot — by a bullet fired through the wall from a gun stored in the closet of the next-door apartment. Nobody is sure what made the pistol go off, but now we have to add gunfire to their list of on-the-job hazards.

Comcast customers along Lamar lost their cable service last week, and technicians soon found the cause: Someone had split an overhead line with a bullet. We doubt anybody is that good a shot, so it was probably an accident caused by all the guns fired in the air on New Year's Eve. This is Memphis, after all. Happy New Year, everybody!

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